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Sampler/Sample Player Plugin by Native Instruments
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Kompakt by Native Instruments is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AIFF, Akai, Battery, EXS24, Giga, HALion, Kontakt, SF2 (SoundFont), WAV
Copy Protection
Online Activation (Challenge / Response)
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  • KONTAKT-based sample player with a wide range of instruments
  • Comprehensive sound architecture
  • Integrated file browser with drag & drop
  • Includes two gigabytes of exceptional instruments from East West and Zero-G
  • Professional sound quality with advanced 32-bit processing
  • Supports Direct from Disk playback (With freely downloadable Direct from Disk extension.)
  • Powerful filter offers six types, including low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass
  • Three envelopes and four LFOs
  • Integrated effects: chorus, reverb, phaser, and delay
  • Eight-part Multi-timbral, 256 voice polyphonic
Import and Compatibility:
  • AKAI S-1000/S-3000, Gigasampler, SF2, HAlion, EXS, AIFF and WAV from 8 to 32 bits with 44.1 -- 96 kHz
Supported Interfaces:
  • VST 2.0, MAS, DXi, ASIO, Soundmanager, FreeMIDI, OMS, Audio Units, Core Audio, RTAS (RTAS support and OS X compatibility including support for Audio Units and Core Audio will follow later)
Minimum Requirements:
  • Windows XP/2000/ME/98, Pentium III/ Athlon 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM
  • Mac OS 9.2 or higher, G3 500 MHz, 256 MB RAM
Recommended System:
  • Windows XP, Pentium III/ Athlon 700 MHz, 512 MB
  • Mac OS 9.2 or higher, G4 733, 512 MB

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By griels [all]
August 3rd, 2003
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

I got Kompakt as a Kontakt crossgrade on Friday. Sounds are a mixed bag. The basses are very good, esp the 'Hardcore Bass' and 'Spector Bass', as are the vocals and brasses (except for sax, sampled versions of which thus far have always seemed awful, dang, I don't even like the real thing most of the time, a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands :lol: ). Organs are good, rhodes is nice, no decent wurly sound really. Fazioli piano is appalling for an instrument of even 100MB - you'd be better off checking out the 256MB AKAI Splendid Grand, Nemesys Gigapiano or, if you want a really decent piano sound the, Post Instruments Bosendorfer Grandioso.

The strings are good, especially the solo/legato string stuff - the notes are long and unlooped, but appear to have only one velocity layer. However the strings appear to have more clarity/life than some of the ones on my copy of Garritan Lite, especially the violin and viola sounds. Drum kits are very good, drum loops are great but unfortunately Kompakt has no Intakt-like ability to slice. Not interested in the synth samples particularly, apart from genuine analogue stuff which seemed limited to some Prophet and Oberheim waveforms. For digital-based synthesis, I'd rather do it myself anyway, owning Reaktor 4 and Pro-53 as I do.

Choir sounds aren't bad, usable with some nice modwheel vowel-changing. Not too cheesy.

The 'Solo Pick Pluck' Acoustic Guitar is very nice for the price point with some nice twangy effects at higher velocities.

CPU usage in multitimbral mode was great on my XP2000,512MB DDR laptop - 30% CPU to spare using 5 channels of DFD instruments.

User interface is quite nice - having instant access to hierarchical menus of multis and instruments is a nice touch. OTOH the indispensible ability to use the mouse wheel to scroll around the sample browser is lost and there is no facility for changing the key mappings (I wanted to extend the range of some instruments a little) or turning DFD on or off for particular instruments.
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